Commuter Bikes Buyers Guide

Whether you're tired of sitting in traffic or just fancy getting some exercise on the way to work, then a commuter bike is an easy solution to both problems. Commuter bikes will allow you to beat the jams, get your heart rate up and save some serious cash, so here's our guide to choosing the right one for you.

What is a commuter bike?

Pretty much any bike that you ride to work can be classed as a commuter bike, but there are a few models out there that are designed specifically for people who cycle in urban areas, potentially do some of the journey on public transport, or riders who have bags, briefcases or a spare change of clothes that need to be factored in. Some of our best-selling commuter bikes include:

Folding bikes

Using innovative design and engineering, folding bikes so exactly that, going from fully-functioning commuter bikes to an easy-to-store shape that can be hidden under a desk or stowed in the luggage section on the bus or train. Folding bikes often feature light, reduced-size frames and wheels to keep the overall weight of the bike down, but may still retain normal height seats and handlebars to remain comfortable to ride.

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Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid bikes are particularly popular with commuters thanks to the fact that they borrow aspects from both road and mountain bikes, making them comfortable to ride on the way to work, but still capable of handling a muddy path on leisure rides.

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Road and Mountain Bikes

As mentioned, you don't have to buy a specific bike to commute to work - as long as yours is comfortable to ride and easy to store/carry/take onto public transport, then it's perfect!

If you're looking at getting a new bike however, you may want to think about the cycle to work scheme. This government scheme is designed to get more people riding to work by allowing cyclists to hire their bike for a specific length of time, before buying it for a much reduced cost at the end of the arrangement. Many of our bikes are available under the scheme, but check the make and model against the list of eligible bikes before purchasing.

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Electric Bikes

E-bikes are becoming very popular for commuters thanks to the "assisted pedalling" feature that comes with having a battery and motor attached to your bike. This is especially handy on hills, with the motor doing all the hard work for you as you pedal. This means you can ride harder and longer at evenings and weekends, but it also means you can have an effort-free commute if there are a few hills between you and the office.

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Commuter bike features


If you're cycling to work, you'll likely need to store your bike at both the office and at home. If this involves carrying it upstairs, storing it in a bike shed or locker or taking it on a bus or train, then you'll be thankful for a bike that is light to carry.


Again, if you don't have a great deal of space at each end of your commute or need to factor in public transport, then a folding bike may be the best choice.

Bags and panniers

If you take a laptop to work or need a rain jacket at hand to keep your clothes dry, then you might want to get a bike with a rear rack or panniers. These options are more comfortable than a backpack and they're stored nicely out of the way on the wheels, so they won't affect the bike's centre of gravity.

The best commuter bikes 2019

Folding bikes

Raleigh Evo 2 Folding Bike

The X-Rated Spine is an excellent 20 inch wheel BMX for aspiring freestyle riders. Complete with front and rear brakes and a tubular crank for advanced durability, the X-Rated Spine is an excellent starter BMX for riders of all abilities.

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Carrera Intercity Folding Bike -Grey

For a component and quality upgrade, a Carrera Intercity folding bike is a good option. You'll get a comfort seat, Shimano gears and alloy wheels for additional robustness on bumpy roads or pavements.

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Folding Bike Bag

If you decide on a folding bike, then don't forget to check out a folding bike bag. Our folding bike bag is ideal for taking your folding bike into the office on onto the bus or train.

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Electric bikes

Carrera Crosscity Electric Bike

If you decide on a folding bike, then don't forget to check out a folding bike bag. Our Ridge folding bike bag is ideal for taking your folding bike into the office or onto the bus or train.

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Hybrid bikes

Carrera Subway Hybrid Bike

A great hybrid bike for commuters is the Carrera Subway hybrid bike. One of our bestsellers, the Crossfire features a sturdy and light aluminium frame, rigid front forks, Clarks brakes for improved stopping and Shimano gears to make your commute a breeze. There's also space for a rear pannier frame to be added, so you can attach pannier bags for storing an extra pair of clothes or even a small laptop.

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Pendleton Somerby

One of our favourite hybrid bikes is the Pendleton Somerby. This stylish ladies bike comes with a rear luggage rack as standard and there are plenty of connection points for additional panniers. There's even space on the front for an additional wicker or aluminium basket!

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Free commuter bike build

If you don't have time or the tools to put your new commuter bike together, then let Halfords do the hard work for you! One of our bike experts will build your new bike for no additional charge and even get rid of the packaging for you!

It's also worth bearing our CycleCare services in mind too. Depending on the service level you opt for, we'll repair or replace worn out parts, keeping your bike in top shape well into the future. You can also bring your bike to your local Halfords store for unlimited free safety checks at any time too.

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